Sunday Bulletin Article – Kids in Mission – 4-14-13

Kids in Mission
We talk a lot about the various HOPE youth and adult mission teams and all the good work they do throughout the year. So, we thought it might be a good idea to shine the spotlight on the mission work done by our little guys.
For example, did you know that just last weekend a group of parents and young children from HOPE’s Family Ministry spent the morning cleaning up a local park? Teaching children to serve like Jesus, the crew packing trash bags, paper towels and glass cleaner, got to work sprucing up the popular play area, After the work was done, they enjoyed a packed lunch and some much-deserved playtime.
Serving at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden is another way our children and families reach out and help others. They are planning a return visit this coming fall where they will once again help cook and serve a meal to parents staying there during their own child’s hospitalization and treatment. The ministry also visits local nursing homes from time to time treating residents to songs, lots of hugs and cookies. Last year, school supplies were collected and backpacks filled by our families and kids for local students experiencing financial challenges. And, cards and gift bags were distributed by our families to the patients at Voorhees Pediatric Facility. At Christmas time, the children collected toys and toiletries for “Boxes of Love” that were sent to children in need as part of the global ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.
As part of the Kidz Konnect worship experience, our students pray for the students who live at the House of Abraham Orphanage in Haiti. They also send $25 each month collected from their weekly tithing to the House of Abraham Orphanage along with birthday cards, school and medical supplies reminding the kids there they are prayed over and loved by their friends at HOPE. (Some of our children have parents who have traveled to Haiti as part of HOPE’s Adult Mission Team.) The kids are also looking forward to having a Skype session soon with the House of Abraham. This real-time, internet video call will allow our boys and girls the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their school friends in Haiti.
Our children, ages three to 5th grade, may be little but working together along with their families they are growing huge hearts for others and for God.

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